Tabletop game enthusiasts to convene for OrcaCon in Bellevue

  • Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:26am
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Jeffrey Veregge, an award-winning Native American comic book artist from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Courtesy photo

Jeffrey Veregge, an award-winning Native American comic book artist from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe. Courtesy photo

Hundreds of people have already signed up to participate in a geeky event coming to Bellevue — the third annual OrcaCon on Jan. 12-14, 2018.

The Bellevue Hilton will be the place for all role-playing games, card and board games and miniatures wargames. The 60,000-square-foot venue will house titles such as Dungeon & Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, Mutants & Masterminds, Blue Beard’s Bride, Clank! and much more.

Gamers of all ages are encouraged to attend seminars and workshops about all aspects of the games industry. OrcaCon will also feature demonstrations of games from many local indie game companies, plus tournaments, such as the Catan National Qualifier. The winner of the qualifier will receive a trip to compete in the Catan National Championship, at Origins Game Fair, Columbus, Ohio.

OrcaCon’s mission is to promote diversity in tabletop gaming and this year’s line-up of guests fits into the organization’s 2018 focus on indigenous creators. Guests of honor include Jeffrey Veregge, an award-winning Native American comic book artist who hails from the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, and Renee Nejo, freelance 3D/2D artist and independent game designer. She is a proud Diegueno and a tribal member of the Mesa Grand Band of Mission Indians.

Other special guests include Gabriel de los Angeles, a Snoqualmie tribal member and PhC in learning science and human development at the University of Washington; Beth Sobel, local renowned board game illustrator; Joseph Carriker, game developer for Green Ronin Publishing and outspoken queer gamer advocate who has spoken on panels dealing with LGBTQ issues within the industry.

Online registration is open until Dec. 26 at www.orcacon.org.